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Baton Rouge General develops leaders in Sports Medicine

Fellows graduate from state’s first accredited program, new class begins

Baton Rouge, La. – One of Louisiana’s two Primary Care Sports Medicine Programs recently graduated a new class of physicians. After passing their certification exams, Dr. Brian Williams of Lindenhurst, New York, and Dr. Tara Bagen of Gainesville, Florida began their respective careers in New York and Texas.

Since becoming the first accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in the state in 2008, Baton Rouge General has given nearly 20 fellows firsthand experience in sideline care for athletes and a focus on comprehensive sports medicine from prevention to injury management.

“In addition to hands-on interaction, BRG fellows work with prominent orthopedic surgeons throughout the year,” said Dr. Vincent Shaw, Sports Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Program Director at Baton Rouge General. “These experiences help develop skills that are necessary to be not only effective team members, but also leaders in the sports medicine field.”

Endorsed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, BRG accepts two fellows specific to Sports Medicine per year.

The 2017-2018 class of Sports Medicine fellows at BRG are recent graduates of BRG’s Family Medicine Residency Program: Dr. Matthew Bumgardner of Sibley, Louisiana and Dr. Daniel Naul of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

BRG’s other educational programs include family medicine residency, internal medicine residency, a medical student rotation program, nursing and radiologic technology schools. To learn more about medical education at Baton Rouge General, visit or call 225-387-7707.

2016-17 BRG Sports Medicine Fellows

Dr. Brian Williams and Dr. Tara Bagen

Pictured (left to right):
Dr. Brian Williams and Dr. Tara Bagen, 2016-2017 Sports Medicine Fellows, Baton Rouge General

2017-18 BRG Sports Medicine Fellows

Daniel Naul Matthew Bumgardner

Pictured (left to right):
Dr. Daniel Naul and Dr. Matthew Bumgardner, 2017-2018 Sports Medicine Fellows, Baton Rouge General

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.